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Working hours

In principle, normal working hours are maximum nine hours per day and 40 hours per seven days. If you work different work rotas, the weekly working hours are 38 or 36 hours for a seven day period, depending on your work rota.

An alternative arrangement of working hours is permitted. It is called average calculation of working hours. This requires a written agreement, and means that the employee can work more during some periods and less in others, but that the average working hours remain within the limits of ordinary working hours.

As a rule, the rest period must be 11 hours in the course of 24 hours and 35 hours in the course of 7 days, and, as a rule, time off shall be taken on Sundays or public holidays. Employees are entitled to a break if their daily working hours exceed 5,5 hours, and breaks shall total 30 minutes if the daily working hours exceed 8 hours. Work in excess of normal working hours shall only occur if it is specifically required and is of a limited duration, and this work shall then be compensated with an overtime supplement of at least 40 per cent of normal hourly pay.

Night work and work on Sundays is only permitted if the nature of the work makes this necessary.

The right to paid travel time between the home and the workplace is not regulated by law, and this must be agreed with the employer.

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